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    Wednesday
    Oct102018

    Review: 2019 Lexus RX 350

    The 2019 Lexus RX 350 is the top-selling midsize luxury crossover SUV, and it’s easy to see why. Lexus has given the RX 350 an edgy look, and Lexus keeps the model current by adding an optional third-row seat for 2019. The 2019 Lexus RX is very versatile and we’ll get into these features below.

    If you’re in the San Jose, California area and looking for a mid-size luxury crossover SUV, come to visit us at Lexus Stevens Creek. We will get you set up to test drive the all-new 2019 Lexus RX 350.

    Performance

    For 2019, the Lexus RX 350 is available in two powertrain options. Both are V6 engines, but one is paired with a battery for a hybrid setup. Available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the standard RX 350 is running on a 3.5-liter V6 paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain makes 295 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque.

    The RX 450h is the hybrid model of this vehicle, and it utilizes a similar V6 engine paired with batteries. Two electric motors by the rear wheels give all models of the hybrid RX all-wheel-drive capability. This engine set up is paired up with a continuously variable transmission, powering the RX 450h with 259 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque.

    The standard RX 350 with front-wheel drive gets an EPA estimated 20 MPG city, 27 MPG highway, and 23 MPG combined. The standard model of the 2019 RX 350 with all-wheel drive achieves 19 MPG city, 26 MPG highway, and 22 MPG combined as estimated by the EPA. The Hybrid model of the RX is EPA rated at 31 MPG city, 28 MPG highway, and 30 MPG combined.

    Features & Technology

    The 2019 RX 350 comes with standard features including synthetic leather upholstery, LED headlights, 18-inch wheels, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment. Getting into the Premium package gives the RX additional features including wood trim, roof rails, and real leather. The Luxury Package fits out your RX 350 with top of the line luxury features including heated and ventilated front seats, upgraded leather upholstery, and 20-inch wheels. With the Luxury package, you are also able to add a sizeable 12.3-inch touchscreen and a rear entertainment display system that can run two videos at once.

    Safety

    The 2019 Lexus RX 350 comes with standard active safety features that include a rearview camera, automatic high beams, forward collision warnings, automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control. There are additional options available to be added to your RX 350 like blind-spot monitors and a surround-view camera system.

    Come to visit us at Lexus Stevens Creek in San Jose, California to test drive the 2019 Lexus RX 350.

    Pricing

    Starts at $43,570 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Sep192018

    Sneak Peek: 2019 Lexus GX 460

    The 2019 Lexus GX 460 is the perfect SUV for drivers who don’t want to sacrifice luxury to have an off-road vehicle. The 2019 GX is capable on the road and off. It’s stacked with features and technology that take luxury to the next level, all while providing the safety you expect from Lexus.

    Lexus Stevens Creek in San Jose, California would love to get you set up with your 2019 Lexus GX 460. Come in and visit us and we will make your off-roading dreams a reality with the 2019 GX.

    Performance

    Under the hood of the 2019 Lexus GX 460 is a 4.6 liter V8 engine paired to a 6 speed sequential-shift automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). The GX 460 has 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque. This engine is standard with four-wheel drive making it a great vehicle no matter the weather conditions, whether you are on or off-road.

    The fuel tank of the 2019 Lexus GX 460 can hold approximately 19 gallons. The EPA estimated fuel economy is 18 MPG highway, 15 MPG city, and 16 MPG combined.

    Features & Technology

    The Lexus GX has several trims and package options available. The Sport Design Package comes with Gunmetal Metallic 18-inch alloy wheels and exclusive front fascia and side-view mirror design. Moving on to the Navigation Package adds navigation with voice activation, Voice Command, and Lexus Enform App Suite.

    Safety

    Lexus always has drivers safety front of mind as evidenced by looking at the offerings for the 2019 Lexus GX 460. Standard on all 2019 GX models is the Lexus Enform Safety connect, complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership. Lexus Enform Safety Connect offers drivers peace of mind through GPS location. The technology provided from Safety Connect sends the GPS location of your car so you can get help after a collision or track down your vehicle if stolen. Other standard offerings for the 2019 GX include trailer sway control, rain sensing wipers, LED headlights, and a backup camera.

    Lexus doesn’t stop there for safety on the 2019 GX 460. Available options for the GX include intelligent high beams, headlamp washers, blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure alert.

    Come visit us at Lexus Stevens Creek in San Jose, California to see all that the 2019 Lexus GX 460 has to offer and we’ll get you set up with your new SUV.

    Pricing

    Starts at $52,155 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Sep122018

    Review: 2018 Lexus LS 500

    The 2018 Lexus LS 500 is a luxury sedan shoppers’ perfect match. The 2018 LS is filled with luxury touches and gets up to speeds a thrill seeker would be overjoyed with. Our review below goes into the specifics for the 2018 Lexus LS 500 and gives you an overview of this exciting sedan.

    Performance

    The 2018 Lexus LS comes in two different engine options: the LS 500 and the LS 500h hybrid. The LS 500 engine is a gas powered twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that is paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission in either rear or all-wheel drive. This engine churns out 416 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. Lexus cited the 0 to 60 mph speed of the LS to be 4.6 seconds with a top speed of 136 mph. Lexus also offers the LS 500 F Sport which will give your LS a more energetic feel.

    The LS 500h hybrid is a 3.5 liter V6 matched up to two electric motors, a 44kw lithium-ion battery and a 4-speed automatic transmission. The net power on the LS 500h engine is 354 horsepower available in rear or all-wheel drive and a quoted 0 to 60 mph time of 5.1 seconds with a top speed of 136 mph.

    Features & Technology

    All 2018 Lexus LS sedans come standard with a 12.3 inch display screen for infotainment input. The infotainment system utilizes touch input and voice commands to run phone, navigation, and audio system. Other standard features include leather and climate control.

    The Lexus LS has available features for navigation, a 12-speaker audio system with Bluetooth audio, USB connectivity, active noise cancellation, 19-inch wheels, and Mark Levinson audio system.

    Safety

    The 2018 Lexus LS has a valuable safety bundle that features many different technologies. Some of these features include forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise controls. Drivers can also set the LS for lane control and speed control, allowing them to remove their hands from the wheel for 5 seconds before a warning alerts the driver to regain control.

    There is an Advanced Safety package that adds features for a pedestrian detection system with active steering that can steer around obstacles at low speeds. There is also options available for a high-definition head-up display that casts information 2 feet across the bottom of the windshield.

    Come into Lexus Stevens Creek in San Jose, California and take the 2018 Lexus LS 500 for a test drive, we promise you won’t be disappointed.

    Pricing

    Starts at $75,000 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Sep052018

    Review: 2018 Lexus IS

    The 2018 Lexus IS offers drivers a sporty sedan with a subtle stylish look. The LS is loaded with standard equipment and many available options. If you’ve been thinking about taking the Lexus IS for a spin, now is the time.

    Performance

    Lexus offers a few engine option for the 2018 Lexus IS. The Lexus IS 300 engine is a 2.0 liter turbo 4 making 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This engine is exclusively paired to a rear-wheel drive 8-speed automatic transmission. The second engine option is the IS 300 AWD. This engine is a 260 horsepower 3.5 liter V6 mated to an all-wheel drive 6-speed automatic transmission. The final engine option is the IS 350 which is a naturally aspirated engine. This engine is unique because there is no flat torque because it builds power as the revolutions increase.

    Features & Technology

    Lexus has fitted the 2018 Lexus IS with tons of standard features you should get excited about. Standard features on all Lexus IS models include a rearview camera, moonroof, keyless ignition, LED headlights, synthetic leather, infotainment with a 7.0 inch display, and 17-inch wheels.

    Those features are standard, but there are other available options to up your game. The Premium package adds heated and ventilated front seats and the luxury group gets a power-adjustable steering column and blind-spot monitors. Other packages add options for navigation with a 10.3 inch display, 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio, leather and wood features, heated steering wheel, and parking sensors.

    Safety

    The 2018 Lexus IS brought home some safety awards. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration gave the IS a five-star overall rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a “good” scoring in most test and the headlights earned the IS a Top Safety Pick.

    For 2018 Lexus made a rearview camera standard on the IS and other available features include the latest collision prevention hardware which includes adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, and active lane control. Another available option is for blind-spot monitors.

    If you are as impressed with the 2018 Lexus IS as we are, we would love for you to come see us in San Jose at Lexus Stevens Creek and we’ll get you into your new ride.

    Pricing

    Starts at $38,210 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Aug222018

    Comparison: 2018 LS500 vs 2018 Audi A7

    Lexus has historically been known as a leading luxury car brand, and if any vehicle is going to prove it, it is their flagship model, the LS 500. With a focus on style, craftsmanship, and performance, the 2018 LS 500 is sure to excite any luxury car enthusiast looking for a new addition to their collection. Still not convinced? Read below for our comparison of the 2018 LS 500 against the Audi A7, and then come to visit us at Lexus Stevens Creek in San Jose, CA to test drive one today.

    Performance

    LS 500

    The LS 500 comes in three different trim levels: Base, F Sport, and Hybrid. The Base and F Sport levels include a V6 Twin-Turbo engine that produces 416 HP and 442 lb-ft of torque. The Hybrid level includes a V6 engine with Lexus Hybrid Drive that produces 354 HP. The Base and F Sport trims get an average of 19 MPG city and 30 MPG highway, while the Hybrid trim gets an average of 25 MPG city and 33 MPG highway. All trim levels are available in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

    Audi A7

    The Audi A7 comes in two different trim levels: Premium Plus and Prestige. Both trim levels include a 3.0 TFSI® six-cylinder engine producing 340 HP and 325 lb-ft of torque. Both trim levels also get an average of 20 MPG city and 29 MPG highway. Both trims come all-wheel drive standard.

    Features

    LS 500

    The LS 500 is made with precise Takumi Craftsmanship, using premium Art Woods and Kiriko cut glass to create a vehicle that is more of a work of art than just a car that will get you to and from work. With features such as Adaptive Variable Suspension, rear-seat butterfly headrests, seven distinct massage settings, LED head and taillamps, and Lexus Enform® for safety, the LS 500 is sure to impress.

    Audi A7

    The Audi A7 focuses on features and style as a focus point. Features of the A7 includes the optional S line exterior®, full LED head and taillamps, MMI® display, available S Sport Valcona leather seats, Audi connect®, and Adaptive Cruise Control with stop and go. The A7 is sure to make any car enthusiast happy.

    Pricing

    LS 500

    Starts at $75,000 MSRP

    Audi A7

    Starts at $69,700 MSRP